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New law in California seeks to ban gas-powered car production by 2040

An ambitious act to drastically reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions is set to be in place due to the efforts of Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), as he proposed the AB 1745 CLEAN CARS 2040 ACT last week. The new law will help combat human reliance in fossil fuels and other nonrenewable resources for automotive vehicles.

The Clean Cars 2040 Act 1745 essentially says that any new car you purchase in the Golden State after 2040 must be a zero-emissions vehicle, otherwise you will not be able to have it legally registered. Although this may look like it will lead to consumers being forced to purchase a more expensive car they will have to finance, government officials believe this is the next progressive step California must take.

“If we want to seriously combat climate change, protect our clean air and water, and ensure a just transition to clean energy, we need to invest in clean, zero emission transportation,” NextGen America President Tom Steyer commented. “Dirty vehicles are the largest source of carbon emissions in California –polluting the air and water for millions across the state– so we must take action to accelerate the transition to 100 percent clean vehicles.”

Fossil fuel emissions have been a convenient source of energy for humans, but the nonrenewable means of fuel poses dangers to our climate, as many scientists have identified as climate change.

“Over-reliance on fossil fuels in transportation damages the air, our health, the environment, our society and our economy,” Phil Ting mentioned. “The transition to zero emission vehicles is underway, promising myriad health, environmental and economic benefits. Clean Cars 2040 is a powerful policy initiative that’ll set us on the correct course for achieving clean air and climate targets that prioritize public health.”

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39 year old Mumbaikar quits HR job to make Mumbai greener by planting saplings

Pollution is a global problem that effects people’s livelihood, and some people unfortunately deal with physical pain as a result. For 39 year old Shubhajit Mukherjee of Mumbai, it was the bad quality of the country’s air that caused him to have frequent headaches and sore eyes, at least according to his doctor.

Determined to tackle the issue head on, Mukherjee decided to leave his position as a human resource personnel to plant over 29,000 trees across Mumbai, aiming to reduce harmful environmental conditions.

“We have successfully planted thousands of trees in societies, with a 95 per cent survival ratio. More than 5,000 societies have come forward to give us space for planting trees. This is the true spirit of a Mumbaikar,” Mukherjee told the Bombay Times.

Making the most populous city in India a greener place is no easy task, but Mukherjee found the right incentive when realizing his illnesses would never go away unless he took action.

Hopefully this spirit of climate action can reach others who have the means to help above and beyond against pollution.

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Litterati app makes strides in ending global litter problem with NSF grant

 

It’s endearing to see mobile apps make strides to make the world better. Jeff Kirschner, founder of Litterati, made it his goal to create an app that helped end the global litter problem, and so far he’s seen success.

After a successful round of funding through a Kickstarter campaign, the National Science Foundation happily announced it would be making a substantial contribution of its own, promising this will be the next big step in making the earth a cleaner place to live.

“[Litter] is a massive problem,” Kirschner told Business Insider. “It impacts the economy, the environment, it degrades community pride, it decreases property value, it kills wildlife, and now with the plastic pollution in the ocean situation, it is literally poisoning our food system.”

The $225,000 grant will go towards developing an improved app allowing for more communities to come together in the fight against litter. Rather than tracking progress on a solo level, Litterati will allow users to keep track of how their own communities, schools, and other larger organizations are impacting global sustainability.

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Donald Trump has a questionable understanding of global warming

President Donald Trump has made his opinion regarding global warming clear over the years, but his latest tweet on the issue exemplifies how he may be confusing climate change with weather.

Trump is alluding to the Paris Climate Agreement the U.S. pulled out of earlier this year, saying the negative effects of global warming are actually positive because it can apparently warm up parts of the East this holiday season.

We at DOodle the NEWS went out of our way to find a brief video that quickly explains the difference between climate and weather, even with complimentary doodles in the clip!

Hopefully, climate action awareness will spread in a nation who’s leader has made it clear how much he understands the topic.

To keep it simple, the current weather you feel outside is not an inclination of the effects of climate change or global warming. Climate is the measure of a places weather conditions over a very long period of time.

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Climate change a key reason for drastic increase of volcanic eruptions

Scientists tasked to study how the climate effects volcanic eruptions throughout history have come to a jarring conclusion recently. In an experiment focusing on volcanic upsurges in Iceland about 5000 years ago, scientists found that climate change can increase the chances of drastic eruptions.

Decreased pressure on magma in the earth’s crust is caused by melting glacial ice. The less pressure on magma, the more chances for eruptions, at least according to Graeme T. Swindles, an Earth System Dynamics professor at the University of Leeds.

“After glaciers are removed the surface pressure decreases, and the magmas more easily propagate to the surface and thus erupt,” Swindles said in an email to the Scientific American.

“I think we can predict we’re probably going to see a lot more volcanic activity in areas of the world where glaciers and volcanoes interact,” Swindles also noted. “Volcanic ash and emissions can be deadly, if not at least very damaging.”

Volcanic events can lead to hazardous events in the environment, including volcanic gas and tsunamis. Once instances like these begin to harm everyday life for human-beings, it may be too late to reverse the abrupt changes to our global ecosystem.
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Facebook provides tool to check if you interacted with Russian propaganda

The social media landscape was in a frenzy during the 2016 U.S. presidential election, with alleged misinformation and fake news distributed in large quantities to many different users. Facebook, arguably the most popular social media website in our human history, was a huge platform for this propaganda to spread, making its way into people’s news feeds and advertisements.

Facebook became aware of this disinformation, most notably data from the Internet Research Agency (IRA), a Russian distribution channel infamous for spreading fake news in its reporting.

To help users alleviate any worries on whether or not they were subject to fake news, Facebook created an online tool in the Help Center to let people login and check if they ever liked or followed any pages or accounts from the IRA.

According to CBS News, Facebook shut down 5.8 million fake accounts in the United States alone. Hopefully this is the onset of the social media giant cracking down on illegitimate news and information being shared on its network.

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Quebec to help citizens in poverty with basic income aid

Citizens of Quebec below the poverty line will be happy to hear the recent news from Premier Philippe Couillard. Starting in 2018, Quebecers who make less than $18,000 annually will receive government help as part of a $3 billion action plan to fight poverty and promote “economic inclusion,” according to CBC News.

Premier Philippe Couillard

This plan has many moving pieces, and it has received plentiful criticisms from anti-poverty groups, noting how the plan only focuses on a single sector of citizens below the poverty line in Canada.

Serge Petitclerc, spokesperson for the Collectif pour un Québec sans pauvreté, notes how “limiting [the plan] to a single category of people in Quebec, [is] missing the point. Because one of the primary characteristics of guaranteed minimum income is that it should be unconditional and it should apply to the entire population.”

Although statistics and metrics can hardly quantify the true experience of being below the poverty line, corrective actions must occur in segments if we want gradual change. What constitutes as fair in situations like these is heartbreaking, as someone’s experience dealing with poverty should never be seen as conditional when considering who receives aid.

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The Arctic reaches an ‘ice-free’ state, changes the region’s environmental landscape

The 2017 annual report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently revealed news regarding the Arctic region, and it does not look to be normal. The Arctic is apparently never going to be the same, as rising global temperatures has caused the region to reach an ice-free state.

Other reports have surfaced, all finding similar patterns in today’s global air temperature.

“The rate of change is unprecedented in at least the last 1,500 years and probably going back even further than that,” marine scientist Jeremy Mathis of the NOAA said. “Not only are we seeing big changes, we’re seeing the pace of that change begin to increase.”

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EU court legally defines Uber as a transport company, not a digital service provider

Users of the global transportation technology Uber in the European Union will have to reconsider how they do business, as the EU recently imposed certain regulations on the company’s business model. Before, Uber Technologies Inc. managed to have itself considered as a digital service provider for users, but new rules decided by the EU court determine it to be a transport company, much like taxis and other public transit options.

“The most important part of Uber’s business is the supply of transport — connecting passengers to drivers by their smartphones is secondary,” said Rachel Farr, senior employment lawyer at Taylor Wessing. “Without transport services, the business wouldn’t exist.”

This will disrupt business operations for Uber in the EU, as plentiful people use Uber as a middle man for setting up safe and secure transactions between drivers and customers.

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California governor says drought and climate change have caused recent fires

The citizens of California have dealt with wildfires the past few weeks on a drastic scale, as, according to DailyMail, “six major wildfires have forced more than 200,000 people to flee and choked the air across much of the region.”

California Governor Jerry Brown stated at a news conference that climate change is the key reason the state is currently dealing with unmanageable fires.

Learn more by clicking here if you want to actually see if global warming and climate change are causing the infernos in California.